Sunday, July 29, 2012

Homemade Chalk Board

This is an easy and cheap craft for your living room or kitchen wall. I found the idea here. I just found a frame at a yard sale, took out the glass, and had my husband cut a piece of wood to attach to the back with a staple gun. I painted the wood with chalkboard paint that I bought with my Joann's 40% off coupon of course. The first time I made it I used plywood because we had some lying around. That did not work because it looks ugly and the chalk dust gets stuck in the cracks and won't come out when you erase it. I replaced it later with a smooth piece of wood I bought at Home Depot, it was only 4 dollars and we didn't even need all of it. Then I bought a pack of colored sidewalk chalk at Dollar Tree. It's fun for holidays, birthdays, and any other other temporary message you want to display. It's normally in the kitchen but I've taken it to parties and other events to use as a fun decoration. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Earring Holder and Rose Petal Saver - How I decorated my room with two matching frames

So by divine intervention I found 2 identical frames at a yard sale and goodwill within a week of each other. I used the first one to make an earring holder and the second to preserve some rose petals. Both were inspired by posts here and here on A Girl and a Glue Gun. I had been looking for a way to preserve some roses that didn't make them look old, dead, and dusty. This was the perfect solution. I just put the fresh petals from 2 roses into the pages of a book and stacked a bunch of books on top and let them sit there for a few days. Then I hot glued them onto a piece of cardstock. I found a piece of an old lace curtain and goodwill and the pattern fit perfectly into the frame so I just glue it on with a glue gun and trimmed the excess.

 frames before

 piece from a lace curtain I found at Goodwill

I've had the rose petals framed for about two months and they still look like this so they should last for awhile and if they don't, I'll just make it again since it's free and my husband knows that he has to get me roses at least twice a year ;) The heart earrings are made out of cardstock and a craft punch. Inspiration for those here. Someday I will get a silhouette and make a bunch more. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fourth of July Plastic Cup Lantern Lights

Saw the link to this tutorial on a Girl and Glue Gun. I decided to use patriotic fabric to turn it into a Fourth of July decoration. I only glued the fabric on at the seams instead of all over the cup. You could also use scrapbook paper.

Different brands of cup are different shapes even though they are the same volume. I used solo cups (come in 12 packs at Dollar Tree) and cut one cup to make my pattern.

I used a 5/16 drill bit to drill the hole in the top. Then I cut a small slit on the sides of the hole so I could squeze the lights through. If you cut the hole too big the cups will just fall off.

I got the strand of lights at Hobby Lobby (20 light string) for just under 2 dollars because I used my 40% off coupon.

Great easy craft that you can customize for any holiday.

Joey's Mama's Coleslaw

A friend in college who was from the south gave me his mom's recipe for coleslaw. It's the best and so easy to make. Many people have asked me for this recipe when I bring it to a potluck. I like to chop the cabbage and carrots in my food processor rather than shred them. I think the chopped texture is better. It looks and tastes similar to the coleslaw at Chick-fil-A. Perfect for complementing your 4th of July barbecue. Makes about 4 servings.

1/2 head of cabbage
1medium carrot (or equivalent in baby carrots)
1/2 cup mayo
2-4 T sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1/2 T of sweet relish
1/2 T of dried parsely flakes

Cut cabbage into large chunks and peel carrot. Put in food processor and chop to small pieces. Mix dressing and add a little bit at a time and stir. Depending on how big your head of cabbage is, and how dry or wet you like your coleslaw, you may need more or less dressing so adjust accordingly. Store in fridge and eat within a day or two.